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#1 BlueMound

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 11:39 PM

Architectural lighting for the grain silos in south and north Fort Worth.
Maybe even lighting for the Purina mill and silo on the east side of downtown.

Speirs and Major just did a nice job lighting Bethlehem Steel's blast furnaces for the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA.
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A nice way to turn industrial rustbelt into an architectural attraction.

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 07:14 AM

QUOTE (BlueMound @ Dec 10 2009, 11:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Architectural lighting for the grain silos in south and north Fort Worth.
Maybe even lighting for the Purina mill and silo on the east side of downtown.

Speirs and Major just did a nice job lighting Bethlehem Steel's blast furnaces for the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA.
Speirs and Major

A nice way to turn industrial rustbelt into an architectural attraction.


Could NOT agree more. It would make the largest difference possible to Downtown. A more positive difference then a great new skyscraper, in my opinion. A big enough difference that I think there should be external funding for it. Doesn't seem like it would cost more than a few thousand dollars, too. For the City, it would turn a depressing void into a lively statement. Would take any color. Whichever is most visible. Seems like red, to me.

Just got a new computer setup and need to repurchase Photoshop or I would make a quick "before and after with and without lighting" of the Purnina Mills complex near downtown.

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 11:17 PM

I think that is a great idea - especially for the Purina mill near downtown.

A lot of people have previously complained on the board that the mill is an eyesore. I disagree - I actually find it very fascinating in a certain way. In this part of the country, the sort of vintage industrial look the place has is rather rare and a bit of a novelty. I think it is kind of cool (though I probably would feel differently if I were from a different part of the country.)
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Posted 23 December 2009 - 03:26 PM

QUOTE (Dismuke @ Dec 23 2009, 01:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think that is a great idea - especially for the Purina mill near downtown.

A lot of people have previously complained on the board that the mill is an eyesore. I disagree - I actually find it very fascinating in a certain way. In this part of the country, the sort of vintage industrial look the place has is rather rare and a bit of a novelty. I think it is kind of cool (though I probably would feel differently if I were from a different part of the country.)


Plus, demolition would probably be cost prohibitive given the inherent limitations on land re-use. It's a lemon, let's make some lemonade. wink.gif

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 05:18 PM

Hehehe.....standing by, Brian!!

Would love to see architectural lighting on the silos....very cool!!

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:20 PM

Couldn't get any pictures of the Land O'Lakes Purina Feed next to East Weatherford St. There was a question of was it the storm that ruin the "silos"? Well driving by there today, it looks like the place is being demolished piece by piece imo. Maybe someone on this forum knows something different if I am wrong.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:08 PM

I would love Purina Mills to have lighting system like this.
It would turn an architectural eyesore into a piece of post-industrial art.

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There Parks saw for the first time a series of former blast furnaces decoratively lit as the centerpiece of a tourist attraction. Immediately, Bethlehem Steel’s five former blast furnaces went to the top of his interest list.

“I didn’t really see the beauty of them until I saw them illuminated in Germany,” Parks said. “What occurred to me there is no one is ever going to build structures like this again in the United States.”


http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2011/06/bethlehem_steel_corp_blast_fur.html



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:23 PM

Luminous Shots of Grain Elevators Like You've Never Seen Them Before

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/design/2013/05/luminous-shots-grain-elevators-youve-never-seen-them/5498/



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:40 PM

WOW! That test was massively cool. Reminds me of the technology used to project images onto Buckingham Palace during the concert for the Queen's most recent jubilee. I would like to see something like that demonstrated locally up by you in Saginaw at the BIG grain elevators on 287.



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:08 PM

How about turning the Purina Mills plant into a 'green mountain' ?

 

http://www.gizmag.co...-station/27376/



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 06:15 PM

Watch this 400-foot-tall gas tank become an insane light show

http://www.wired.com...ane-light-show/



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Posted 20 March 2016 - 04:19 PM

LWA architects has an interesting solution to disguising industrial machinery of a chilled water plant

Perforated metal screen for the top volume and semi glazed frit for the bottom.

 

http://www.lwa-archi...ed-water-plant/



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Posted 20 March 2016 - 06:37 PM

LWA architects has an interesting solution to disguising industrial machinery of a chilled water plant

Perforated metal screen for the top volume and semi glazed frit for the bottom.

 

http://www.lwa-archi...ed-water-plant/

 

I can see a lot of uses for that, screening HVAC on rooftops, as a facade for parking garages, etc. 



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Posted 23 March 2016 - 12:30 PM

Similar concept in Buffalo (which has tons of abandoned grain silos downtown; grain coming in from the upper midwest via the Great Lakes made Buffalo a milling center; the raw grain was milled prior to being loaded onto Erie Canal barges).
 
 

Turning lemons into lemonade:  Unsightly grain elevators in the redeveloping waterfront area?  Use them as canvases for night time light shows.
 
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Posted 25 March 2016 - 12:10 PM

I would be happy if they just painted the one by my company here on Beach St.



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Posted 28 March 2016 - 09:30 PM

Granville Island in Vancouver (which has suppossedly inspired a lot of Panther Island's design) has a neat painted silo complex. 

http://www.huffingto..._n_5711535.html

 

 

Omaha also is somewhat famous for its painted silos.

http://weburbanist.c...rain-elevators/



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Posted 29 March 2016 - 02:29 PM

Nice ideas--I wonder if Purina would allow that or just put up pictures of dogs and cats?  Anything is better than the eyesores that are there now.



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Posted 13 April 2016 - 05:07 PM

Drone Lighting

http://www.wired.com...erworldly-side/

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 07:14 PM

http://www.abc.net.a...ictoria/7072768
Australian artist Guido Van Helten - silo art

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:02 PM

"Hire him". :swg:



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Posted 05 June 2017 - 08:49 PM

Guido is currently painting a silo in Nashville.
This article also shows pictures of silos Guido has painted in Jacksonville, Mexico, and the Ukraine
http://www.tennessea...tions/99506626/

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 05:09 PM

How a decrepit grain silo became a mind blowing museum

https://www.wired.co...a-architecture/



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Posted 22 September 2017 - 09:06 PM

Oh, there are better uses for old silos...

 

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:45 AM

Oh, there are better uses for old silos...
 
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I agree Doohickie.
That is a better use.




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